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Bank Muscat wins Standard Chartered award for fund transfer

MUSCAT, 14 July  2014 - Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, has won an award from Standard Chartered Bank for outstanding performance in fund transfer related to dollar payments. The bank received the straight through processing (STP) Excellence Award for USD payments for the year 2013.

The award is testimony to the bank's commitment to high standards of quality in meeting the stringent criteria for fund transfer. The award acknowledges the bank's exceptional quality in the delivery of commercial payments and transfers, facilitated by a state-of-the-art in-house payment architecture which helps the bank to consistently maintain high SWIFT standards for automated processing throughout the payment chain resulting in extremely high STP rates.

The bank's Central Operations electronic payments department, Treasury back office and Global Trade Services department are handling fund transfer operations while the technical and security issues are handled by the Systems & Procedures department. The Financial Institutions Group, acknowledged as one of the leading FI teams in the region, has established more than 500 correspondent banking relationships across the world."

The award recognised Bank Muscat's exceptional quality of SWIFT messages on dollar payment, maintaining an outstanding error-free rate for remittances in 2013. The award was based on evaluation of the quality and accuracy of SWIFT payment messages routed through Standard Chartered Bank.

Standard Chartered Bank is one of Bank Muscat's correspondents for US dollar payments. Standard Chartered Bank representatives commended the operational teams involved in processing payments at Bank Muscat for the error-free rate maintained consistently throughout the high volume of remittances processed during 2013.

A multi-award winning organisation, Bank Muscat's performance has been consistently lauded by the international financial and banking community for several years.